Fastest growing apps

This article selected relates perfectly with the general theme of our class. It discusses the fastest ten growing applications. The quickest growing apps are the ones that end up going viral. It is important to understand some of the functions of the applications discussed in the article and perhaps why they ended up going viral.

            Vine was the fastest growing app of the year and was also declared the fastest growing app in the world. Vine grew at a rate of 403 percent from Q1 to Q3. Many social media analysts believe that when Vine was re-launched through Twitter in January that caused the massive growth in Vine downloads. Flickr follows Vine on the top ten list. Flickr has been a long standing online program and was just introduced as an application for download. Other apps to make the list tend to involve social media in some way. This just verifies how society is changing to a social media society.

            It is very interesting to see which applications made the list of quickest growing applications. It is also very impressive to see how quickly Vine has grown over the past few months. I wonder if it will be able to keep up a growth rate or will it start declining?


New Apps

            New apps are always a topic of interest. Apps seem to become popular for several reasons. One can be how fun a game is. Angry birds for example had great graphics and was so simply to play. This helped angry birds to become popular fast. Apps can also help enhance social networking abilities. For example photo editing apps could help someone get more likes on Instagram.

            Mashable has shared a list of recent app releases that they believe have a chance to go popular. Almost all of these apps are not free. Free apps tend to have a better chance of going popular than apps that cost money. The list contains a few photo and video editing apps. The list also contains some games. I am most interested in the Donkey Kong game with a zombie twist.

            It will be interesting to see how many of these games end of going popular. If you are interested in keeping updated on the latest apps, every week Mashable posts a list of some new apps that they believe will go popular. The link below contains this week’s apps and shows you how to access the list every week.

Get Rich

            How would you like to know how to get rich before the age of thirty? My article focused on young people and how to gain wealth quickly. Unfortunately, there is no secret trick in getting rich quickly.

            The article describes what hard work can do for a person. A few hardworking tips are described in the article. The first is the 10,000 hour rule. The 10,000 hour rule states that in order to become successful at something you must be willing to put 10,000 hours of your life into it. The author then goes on to describe how important your friends can be. If you surround yourself with hard workers it makes it easier for you to become hardworking and motivated. Finally, expanding your network can lead to greater success. The more people you know the better off you are.

            Although it would be ideal for a get rich quick scheme to be real, hard work is the only true way one can attain large amounts of wealth quickly. The article does a good job to explain how one can help themselves become a harder worker.

Instagram editing

I am a big fan of Instagram myself. Some pictures can be really cool to share with people. With a simple upload it is done. Instagram created a whole new form of social media through picture sharing. When the article titled “8 Signs You’ve Overfiltered Your Instagram Photos” showed up on Mashable I was extremely intrigued.

            I know a large amount of kids who just go to town on editing. I always wonder why the feel the need to do so. These eight signs were also very similar to pictures that I’ve seen on Instagram. I will most likely share this article with a few of my friends. I wish they would have included a piece about the “free” giveaways people always post. Instagramers are always reposting official companies saying they will give them a free pair of shoes or a free purse or something for a repost and follow. I find it extremly annoying when these reposts fill up my Instagram timeline.

            After reading this article you should skim through your own Instagram if you have one. If you have any pictures to this extreme extent of editing maybe consider deleting them. After you see some older edited photos, try to remember why you edited the photo so much. You might find some old jems in your photos.


The article attracted my attention because I hate the new iOs7 iPhone update. I thought this would be an actual issue with people who extremely disliked the update as well. Then when I read the small article I realized that it is people who are actually getting sick from the new graphic updates, constant zooming, and sliding. Upon further examination I realized that this was a comedy skit, a pretty funny one at that. Jimmy Kimmel made humor out of an issue that has potential to be serious. I am interested to see if a medical company actually goes on to create a product that deals with iPhone sickness. I think that would prove just how much people depend on their phones. Either way Jimmy Kimmel goes on to make a good point. If you find that your phone is making you sick to just put it away for a few hours and do something else with your time. This article just supports that people are on their phones too much.

Essay 2

Travis Conrad

First Year Seminar: World Going Viral

Essay 2

A Basic Analysis of “An Initial Examination of College Students’ Expressions of Affection Through Facebook”

            Facebook and social media in general has become such a large part of how young people communicate today. It seems as though kids are gaining access to these social media sites at younger ages. Some people believe this could lead to problems with communications. We see studies all over the place showing that people who use social media sites, specifically teenagers, have a hard time communicating in person. The research project that was described by the article “An Initial Examination of College Students’ Expressions of Affection Through Facebook” describes some of these communication inabilities. Some examples of communication problem the authors describe include, misinterpretation of what was said by either the sender or receiver, students fear to communicate because of social views, and general communication issues between members of opposite sex. The authors makes address fair points for the conclusions they are attempting to reach. However, I ultimately do not agree with the author in the sense that they are not taking all inputs into consideration when describing the lack of communication abilities. The author fails to take into consideration other outside technologies aside from Facebook. Today we see all sorts of social media including Twitter, Instagram, Myspace, etc. The author also does not mention anything of a child’s basic development of communication skills over time. A student’s basic communication development should not be viewed as a problem. The relevance of this study’s findings is limited. Only a few years later we are in the process of a migration away from Facebook.

            Due to Facebook’s decreasing internet activity, conclusions drawn about students’ communication problems from this study are no longer relevant. It is not nearly as relevant in society today as it was five to six years ago. The invention of the iPhone with the integration of Twitter almost has eliminated a need for Facebook. The ease of accessing Twitter with it being on an application on your phone fulfills the need to check social media sites. Twitter’s whole platform of updating people on what you are doing is so similar to a Facebook post on your own wall. Twitter is also a still growing social media world, so when more and more of students friends are getting on and “tweeting,” it makes more students want to go back and get on Twitter again. Society gets pleasure when their tweet gets “favorited” or “retweeted,” similar to a “share” or “like” on Facebook. Since the article is strictly talking about college student’s lack of communication abilities, I believe that the conclusions drawn cannot be proved because Twitter is becoming so popular. When students check Facebook, they also checked their twitter. Students were not asked if they went on to another social media site, only the number of times they went on Facebook.

            Texting is another variable that was not taken into account when conducting this experiment and is one more reason the results are no longer relevant. In my personal situation, when I thought that I lacked the ability to communicate, especially with a member of the opposite sex, it came from texting. The problem with people in society today is that they think they always need to be texting someone or in constant communication with someone. Middle school crushes is a prime example of this situation. When teenagers first get their phones and have instant communication to all of their peers at once, they will more than likely take advantage of it. The problem arises when the students run into their peers in person. They run out of things to talk about because they are always in constant communication with these people. They also believe that they need to be conversing all the time or it is awkward. The awkwardness is more present among middle and high school students. That does not mean that college students simply do not create awkward situations through texting.  Due to the lack of variables attested for in this experiment, the results drawn are no longer useful to be studied. Simply stating that Facebook is the problem of students’ communication is inaccurate and unproved.

            This study also forgets the basic concept that students’ communication skills will develop over time. Obviously, when we are children we need to learn how to say our first words. Then as young kids we learn how to treat our elders different than our young friends. In middle and high school we learn how to communicate with our friend groups, new students, members off the opposite sex, teachers, coaches, and members of society with positions of power. The objective in college is to experience more diversity. When experiencing more diversity, students will have to adjust and most likely change their communication patterns or abilities. It should come as no surprise to anyone that we see inabilities to communicate in college, especially during the freshmen and sophomore years when students are developing the skill to communicate with a more diverse group or individual. Once these skills are developed, communication for upperclassmen should appear to be better because it is a skill that they have developed over their time in college. In college students are also constantly meeting new people. Whether it be a peer or a potential employer’, students should not push the limits of communication until they understand the nature of relationship. The article makes it seem as though a lack of communication among students is a problem, when in reality it is all a part of adjusting to the “real world.” It seems rather unfair to blame Facebook for college students’ communication skills, or lack thereof.  The total disregard of the natural development of humans’ communication skills in this experiment leads me to question conclusions drawn from the experiment. For example, do we see an increased communication ability over time among students who use Facebook? Do we see different communication patterns between people who communicate online and face to face in comparison to those who strictly communicate face to face?  In order to make this study more applicable, variables would have to be isolated more so in a way that strict conclusions could be drawn from Facebook affecting communication abilities.

            Overall, the experiment being analyzed in this essay raises a lot of questions. The individual/group conducting the group only took Facebook into consideration. Elimination of other variables that could skew the results heavily in this study would have made the experiment more reliable. The idea that Facebook is the only social networking site causing  communication patterns and students development of communication abilities over time are two major variables not taken into consideration during this study. Technologies have had a large influence on communication over the past few year. This study is no longer relevant due to such advances. Those who read the study need to do so with caution as to not over analyze outdated results.


Blackberry has seemed to be a dying phone since the invention of the iPhone. People seem to respond to the touch screen, the overall ease, and features of the iPhone more than the Blackberry. Blackberry now has the potential to be bought out. The question is will they do it? The article discusses other companies that failed to allow buy outs at the right time and lost billions of dollars. If the Blackberry board of directors sees the potential for a complete turnaround I do not think they will sell the company. To keep their current performance rate will get them nowhere in the cellphone market. The reported buyout is worth 4.7 billion dollars. Patents are the main asset the company has control of. My only problem with this situation is who is buying Blackberry? I do not understand why a company would want to take over this business. Unless, they are not necessarily attempting to turn the company around but rather use the current investments, assets, and other equipment the company has for their company. Selling the patents and attempting to regain some money lost in the buyout. It will be interesting to see how the buyout plays out.



Energy App.

The article I read took an interesting viewpoint on sustainable energy. There has been a creation of an app that will help younger generations improve energy and “go green.” The app was created by a team and panel of researchers (unnamed). The app is backed by the U.N. Foundation, UNDP, Uncharted Play, Royal Dutch Shell plc, Tribal Brands and Tribal Technologies. The article is not very specific with the applications functions. It seems to be more interested that teenagers take their phones with them everywhere. The key market for this product is teenagers, so it will be interesting to see how well the app works. I believe that it stands a chance in the app market. Celebrities are offering exclusive video access to those who attending conservative volunteer or events. This could spark a lot of teenagers to participate. The entertainment industry booms among teenagers. If the right teenagers and celebrities get a hold of this application early, it could work remarkably. It will be interesting to see how it plays out.



Big Brother is watching

I believe that it was just a matter of time before this information was leaked
to the public. It has been officially discovered that the NSA (National
Security Agency) can access all information in smartphones. Specifically,
iPhone, Blackberry, and Android can be breached. This is the ultimate big
bother situation. I have thought from the start however which so much data in
one phone the government has to be able to access these phones without much
difficulty. The part of the article that caught my eye is the fact that the
government can access computer files and records once an iPhone has been synced
to a computer. Some things I would like to explore with this article include,
how much of the information acquired from “spying” on these phones and
computers can be used in a criminal case. I do not believe what the government
is doing here is right. Does this “spying” fall under the legislation of the
P.A.T.R.I.O.T Act. There are so many more questions to be answered and it will
be very interesting to see how society handles this new information. It will
also be interesting to see how the government explains this information to
society and what happens from there.



Iphone 5s and Iphone C

Apple, to many, is considered to be the “top product line.” Apple embraces this to
make their products sell at large costs to the people. What many product analysis’s
believe however is that Apple can afford to sell their products at such high
costs because of the uniqueness of the products. They certainly haven’t failed
us in the anticipatory event of the release of their new products Tuesday. The
iPhone 5s is the first product announced to be released. Obviously an upgrade
from the iPhone 5. The second product is the iPhoneC. Not only is this the
first time Apple will be releasing two products at the same time, but it is
also the first time society does not know much about the product. According to the
article, the C either stands for “Color” or “China.” This iPhone is supposed to
be a less expensive iPhone which comes in many colors. The article suggests
that Apple is developing a less expensive iPhone to tap into markets that it hasn’t
reached yet (china and other developing nations). This is an in genius idea by
apple in my opinion, unless it effects revenue in the United States. It will be
interesting to see how well the product does globally and if one of the
wealthiest companies in the world can expand its wealth even more.